TRENTON – Senator Richard J. Codey issued the following statement today supporting the proposed plan by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto that would gradually increase New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15. In 2005, then-Acting Governor of New Jersey, Senator Codey acted to raise the minimum wage to $7.15 over two years.
“History repeats itself. The arguments have been the same against an increase in minimum wage, but the evidence speaks for itself. Since we’ve raised the minimum wage, businesses did not close, the earth did not shatter, and New Jersey’s economy is steadily improving. More importantly, we’ve moved forward in preserving the dignity of our hard-working residents.
“I support efforts to ensure fair compensation and to improve the lives of the state’s residents. To those who object to this, I would challenge them to try and live off $8.38 an hour and raise a family.”